Three lawmakers buck political dynasty ban

AT least three lawmakers, two belonging to big political clans in their respective provinces, have strongly opposed the political dynasty ban in the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

Banning political dynasty is included in both versions of the House of Representatives and the proposal of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

At yesterday’s first hearing of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Isabela Rep. Antonio Albano; Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel and North Cotabato Rep. Jose Tejada warned of repercussions in pursuing the proposal of the DILG to ban spouses or relatives within second-degree of   consanguinity of incumbent officials from running in the same election period or for the same position in the immediate succeeding election.

Albano, whose brother Rodolfo “Rudy” Albano Jr. is an incumbent governor of Isabela and late father Rodolfo “Rodito” Albano Sr. was the first nominee of LPGMA party-list before his death, said the provision is anti-democratic.

“This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,” Albano said.

“The strengthening of political reforms and educating people is more important than limiting the democratic right of a person to run and be voted upon, whether he is a spouse, son, a brother, or a sister,” he added.

Earier, the DILG submitted to the House of Representatives the proposed amendments drafted by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform. This special agency was formed by President Rodrigo Duterte and is composed of at least 11 government departments.